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Read DL 2024 launches live on air 29.02.24

READ DL 2024 was launched live on air last week during an outside broadcast with John Breslin’s Around the Northwest at the Central Library Letterkenny. Read DL is a reading initiative based on the worldwide ‘One Book, One Community’.

It began in 2011 as Read LK in Letterkenny and its aim was simple: to create an awareness and love of reading. The programme has since expanded to incorporate the whole county with the continuing purpose of reminding us all about the joy of reading for all the family and to encourage local communities to read the same book at the same time.
Visit the Read DL website at www.readdonegal.com
The chosen book this year is ‘The Summer I Robbed a Bank’ by David O’Doherty and illustrated by Chris Judge.

There's a feeling of relief that comes just after you've robbed a bank...
Rex's parents have split up and, to make matters worse, he has to spend his summer holiday on a remote and rainy Irish island - with only unruly sheep for company. The only upside: he'll be staying with his strange and brilliant Uncle Derm. Then Rex discovers Uncle Derm is about to execute his most hair-brained plan yet . . . To rob the island's travelling bank! Like the local legend of medieval Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley, Uncle Derm plans to redistribute the money to local needy causes on the island. And he needs Rex's help . . . A chaotic robbery, plenty of sheep and a summer of discoveries come together in this hilarious and heart-warming novel from comedian, actor and author of Danger is Everywhere, David O'Doherty.

Read DL runs from now until March 19th with lots of activities and events taking place. Throughout the month there will be opportunities to get involved by showcasing the activities participants get involved in such as art, music, writing, or videos. The Read DL annual Creative Writing Competition is back this year, and the theme is ‘Stepping into the Unknown’. Educational resources based on the book and the new Black Out Poetry resource can be downloaded from the Read DL website at www.readdonegal.com .
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